豪州の新聞The Ageの意見欄にRanjana Srivastavaという腫瘍専門医が書いた、ありがちな風景「患者は『私に失うものがありますか?』と言って代替治療師のもとへ行ってしまったが載っていた
A woman who wants to see an alternative healer asks: ''What have I got to lose anyway?''

She has newly diagnosed cancer and while discussing chemotherapy, she expresses her very real concerns of toxicity; I reassure her that though it will not be an easy road, she will have care that is comparable with the best in the world.

''How can you be absolutely sure chemo works?'' I can't be, I admit, but my recommendation is guided by the best available scientific evidence coupled with experience.

''So, really, this whole thing could be a complete waste of time and you have no idea about my future,'' she challenges.

''How would you like me to help you?'' I respond.






It all comes out then. She has consulted two other oncologists who have both suggested chemotherapy. But a friend of a friend knows a traditional healer who guarantees a cure for any cancer. He has had ''phenomenal'' success on people that the medical profession long gave up on.

''And the best thing is, it's all natural, it doesn't mess with your system . . . what I am saying is that this healer can cure me. All I get from you doctors is how serious and depressing things are. Can you convince me that your treatment is better?''

Prescribing chemotherapy is not a sales pitch, I silently protest. Nevertheless, it doesn't take long for us to agree that my measured tone is simply no match for the healer's ringing optimism. In fact, my pedantic delivery of anticipated side effects, the complicated logistics of treatment, and the difficulty of prognosticating exactly how she will fare sounds downright tedious compared with the promise of lifelong freedom from the spectre of cancer.

All this, and the observation that cure is as rare a word in the oncologist's vocabulary as doubt is in the healer's, cements the patient's scorn for my recommendation.

''What have I got to lose anyway?'' she repeats as she leaves, clearly annoyed that I won't endorse her decision.






[Ranjana Srivastava:We all lose when 'healers' take everything from the sick" (2011/12/13) on theage.comu.au]
As it turns out, a lot. Within months, she loses her home, savings, and the support of her children. When she is desperate, a niece gives her shelter before bringing her to hospital. Malnourished, angry and disillusioned, the patient dies alone from untreated cancer.

This is not an advertisement for chemotherapy. It is a plea to take precautions against some of the most predatory forms of alternative therapy.


posted by Kumicit at 2011/12/14 22:58 | Comment(0) | TrackBack(1) | Quackery | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする



コメント: [必須入力]


Excerpt:  根治不能のガンに冒されたからと言って、標準医療に意味がないわけではありません。化学療法は根治的医療とは言えないかも知れませんが、延命効果はあります。また、ガンによる疼...
Weblog: 医療報道を斬る
Tracked: 2011-12-23 09:57